Amen grows carbon-negative mycelium packaging to ship its candles

Good News Notes: “A range of candles by French brand Amen will be delivered in carbon-negative packaging made from mycelium and agricultural waste. The brand hopes the packaging will help it tackle the hidden plastic waste associated with shipping fragile products such as candles, which often require bubble wrap or other plastics to protect them even if the outer packaging is plastic-free. ‘Our…

France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks

Good News Notes: “France’s environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms. Barbara Pompili, France’s minister of ecological transition, said in a news conference Tuesday that bears, tigers, lions, elephants and other wild animals…

LEGO to phase out single-use plastic packaging

Good News Notes: “The LEGO Group has announced plans to package its products in recyclable paper rather than single-use plastic. The Danish toymaker said in a statement on Tuesday that the new bags will begin appearing in LEGO boxes starting in 2021, as part of a $400 million investment into sustainability initiatives over the next three years. The…

More EVs by 2050 could save thousands of lives, American Lung Association finds

Good News Notes:   “America has a pollution problem, especially when it comes to how we get around. From our semi-trucks to trains to school buses to personal cars, we’re emitting too much carbon dioxide. And it’s costing us our health, environment, money, and lives.  The American Lung Association released its “‘Road to Clean Air‘ report…

French PM says jobs and green economy at heart of Covid recovery plan

Good News Notes: “France’s prime minister has stressed the importance of getting the country back on its feet within 18 months and ‘transforming’ the French economy with a green makeover as he unveiled a €100bn (£89bn) coronavirus recovery plan. Jean Castex outlined how France would spend its way out of the crisis, rather than create ‘social…

Hunted to extinction, England’s first wild beavers in 400 years allowed to stay

Good News Notes: “After a 400-year wait, sharp teeth are once again gnawing through trees and building dams on English waterways. Hunted to extinction in the 16th century, wild beavers are making a comeback after a five-year study demonstrated their positive impact on the environment. Local landowners had expressed concern that they could spread disease…

Eden deploys drone technology to help plant one tree at a time

Good News Notes: “Helping people to help the environment is the core mission at Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit that began its work in Ethiopia in 2004, according to the organisation’s director of forest monitoring and evaluation Ezra Neale. ‘A lot of trees are being cut down without any alternatives and local communities are turning…

Sayonara, Styrofoam: Champs Downtown Introduces Reusable Cups

 Good News Notes: “Your Dirty Sprites will look a little different starting this summer. Champs Downtown is doing away with its signature double styrofoams and introducing a new set of reusable cups, the bar announced this week. Each cup features two Champs logos and is certainly much more aesthetically pleasing than its predecessor.” View the…